Moderate Priced Restaurant for Family
Whenever I visit NY my parents take the family out for dinner. As the most devout food worshiping member of the family its always my responsibility to choose the restaurant. I usually have a place in mind, but Im struggling to pick something this time. Help!!!
1) Anywhere in Manhattan,
2) MUST take reservations (and I can get one for next Friday)
3) Must serve a decent white wine by the glass and not be too "hole in the wall-y"
4) We tend to be happier at places where many dishes are shared, which often means we eat asian, but it doesnt have to be.
5) We are all adventurous eaters, so any cuisine will work.
5) Price can be variable, but not too outrageous, see below for some ideas.
For reference here are the last few places we have tried: Hung Ry, Takashi, Fatty Crab, Yakitori Totto, Txikito, Zaab Elee
Any Ideas. Thanks.
If your family is not opposed to going to midtown, I think Ma Peche would work well for you. I just checked their website for resy availability for next Friday, and they have availability. You might even consider trying their "Beef 7 Ways" dinner. As everyone knows, Ma Peche is one of my favorite restaurants. Wine list is very good too.
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
I recently had lunch for the first time at Aburiya Kinnosuke near grand central and thought the food was just terrific (and a great deal too because I scored one of the 10 servings of that day's special, braised bluefin collar - it came as part of a set meal for an outrageously low 13 bucks). Their dinner menu isnt such a steal but its eminently reasonable and the food was great across the board (tasted the various side dishes that came with my dining companions' plates).
It feels very very japanese; the waitstaff were obviously much more comfortable speaking japanese - which we unfortunately couldnt oblige (communication was not a problem at all), they also offer private booths and the toilet in the ladies room has a remote control and seat-heater (so i was told, the mens room is pretty standard aside from the bottle of scope and dixie cups). [i normally scoff at CH reviews that include notes about the restaurants facilities, but in this case it added to the feel of the place, which is to say it transports you pretty thoroughly to japan]
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Im almost certain it was a thursday - the thing was gigantic, and a great deal. It was served with a great bowl of rice, a moderate portion of a dish described as a spicy beef and vegetable curry (it wasnt the typical japanese curry with the overly thick gloppy reduction) which was tasty in a restrained way, a side of very good miso soup, and a dish of jellyfish salad. I was nearly stuffed (we had also ordered a dish of the home made tofu) when i flipped the thing over to find as much as another 6-8 ounces of meat on the other side of the collar - it was a truly rare experience to walk out of a manhattan restaurant thinking about what a great value we'd just gotten.
We are a family of 6, so there is inevitably some disagreement on which restaurant was the best, but I think all of the ones I listed have satisfied most and worked well.
My favorites have been Zaab Elee, Takashi, and Fatty Crab though if that helps.
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How many people are in your party?
Have you been to Kin Shop? They're on OpenTable and should be relatively straightforward to book if you do it now. I just checked on OT for 7:00 PM on Friday, 9/16, for a party of 6, and they had ihat slot available.
The newly opened Tertulia takes reservations for parties of 6 or more.
Also I've been hearing good things about RedFarm but I am not sure if they take reservations. I'd call to ask.
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Tragically RedFarm doesnt take reservations, but that is an otherwise great suggestion. Txikito was actually the last place we tried ( I should have put my list in chronological order) so I dont really want another spanish / tapas place. Kin Shop sounds solid, have you been? is it good?
Have you tried Graffiti Food and Wine? It is Chef Jehangir Mehta's Indian fusion small plates place. Its been on my to-try list for a while, but somehow Ive never gone.
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